A curious stray cat has been captured after he was first spotted two weeks ago with a peanut butter jar stuck on his head.
Peanut, as he now aptly named, was first seen in a Matamata backyard, two hours south of Auckland. The residents failed to capture the poor cat so they asked the neighbourhood to help them track down the unfortunate feline.
For two weeks, locals in the area kept reporting sightings of the trapped kitty but even with his head caught in a jar nobody was able to catch him, according to New Zealand news website Stuff.
“There was a bit of a community tracking of him, but he just kept running when people spotted him,” Matamata Animal Trust manager Annaliese England told Stuff.
Peanut was eventually rescued, but he did not make it easy for the authorities to capture him.
“We barricaded off the garden with crates, we also had a net and a pole with a rope on it.
“He was sitting up against some trellis, so we couldn’t physically manage to grab him. It was our last chance as behind him were crop fields, so he would have just gone,” Ms England said.
Peanut was taken to a veterinarian where he had to be sedated for the jar, which was stuck right over his ears, to be removed.
Given his the condition of his coat and age, vets believe Peanut had been a stray some time but he’s now on the mend and looking for a new fur-ever home.
“He was pretty skinny, he had been two weeks without food or water and would have had only a tiny bit of air getting in,” Ms England said.
Stuff reports that Peanut will be desexed and will recover at a foster home before he is adopted, and there are plenty of people interested in giving the now infamous cat a home.
“It will be nice that he will get to see what a family is like,” Ms England said.
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